In the Center of Chicago’s History
Chicago’s rich and diverse history has brought together people from across the globe, in turn creating a unifying and world-class culture. Chicago is a place millions call home. A place McCormick Square calls home. McCormick Square sits along Chicago’s lakefront. Home to the North America’s largest convention center – McCormick Place – and a short distance from South Loop, Museum Campus, Motor Row, Bronzeville, Prairie Avenue District and Chinatown, McCormick Square’s diversity highlights an influential and compelling history.
The Evolution of North America’s Largest Convention Center
McCormick Place’s history dates back to 1960 when it opened its doors to international conventions, first of which was the Modern Living Home and Flower Show. Since then, McCormick Place has expanded including the North, South, and West buildings as well as the lakeside center. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place opened in 1998. McCormick Square will unveil the Wintrust Arena and Marriott Marquis Hotel in 2017.
From John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, McCormick Place has hosted world leaders and visionaries. In 2012, McCormick Place hosted the NATO Summit, which was the largest gathering of world leaders in the United States since the formation of the United Nations after World War II.
Diverse cultural neighborhoods such as Bronzeville and Prairie Avenue District have housed some of the most respected and well-known citizens in Chicago’s history from Louis Armstrong to Marshall Field. With its ability to host the world’s most important events and providing the city with jobs and revenue, there is no question McCormick Square has played a pivotal role in Chicago’s history.
Today, McCormick Square continues to grow and improve with its latest additions, such as the Wintrust Arena and Marriott Marquis Hotel. Between 2016 and 2018, McCormick Square is projected to have an economic impact of $4.5 billion and provide nearly 3,000 jobs in the area.